As we reach the World Cup final, football fever has gripped the planet, and all eyes are on the 12 Russian stadiums that are playing host to the matches. We’ve come across one remote stadium in the far-flung Faroe Islands that could certainly give its Russian counterparts a run for their money in terms of its stunning location.
Eiði Stadium is located in Eiði village in the north-west of the island of Eysturoy in the Faroe Islands. It has a population of less than 700 people, and its stadium is the home of local team EB/Streymur. The team’s old pitch, situated on the cliff edge, is now used as a campsite, and in its day, one false kick could see the ball disappearing into the ocean. Both of the sites offer breathtaking mountain and ocean views, making this a particularly picturesque location for the what is called the “most beautiful game in the world.”
For those unfamiliar with the Faroe Islands, they are a collection of 18 islands in the North Atlantic and are situated halfway between Iceland and Norway. They have stunning waterfalls tumbling from hillsides, and are unspoilt islands that are great for exploring. You’ll see multi-coloured cottages and grass-roofed wooden churches that add focus to the grandly stark, treeless moorlands.
You can take a boat trip to the Vestmannabjørgini (Vestmanna bird cliffs), where you will experience deep grottoes, narrow straits and 700-metre-high cliffs soaring up from the ocean. These cliffs and caves provide safe nesting places during the summer months for thousands of sea birds such as puffins, razorbills, guillemots and fulmars.
For more information about the Faroe Islands, see here.